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Lesbian,Gay,Bisexual & Transgender Conference 2005
29 July 2005

Conference welcomes the increased level of protection provided by the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003 in the areas of employment and training, but notes with concern that the same level of protection does not exist in relation to the provision of goods, facilities and services to LGBT people.

Conference notes with regret that the proposed equality legislation will not protect LGBT people from discrimination in the provision of goods, facilities and services. However, such protection is being introduced on the grounds of faith and religious belief.

Conference believes that:

1.It should be unlawful for providers of goods, facilities and services to discriminate on the grounds of gender identity, sexual orientation, religious belief and age as well as race, gender and disability;

2.The current position sends a diluted message as to the unacceptability of discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people,

3.It creates a hierarchy of protection from discrimination.

Conference notes that amendments by Lord Alli and Lord Lester to the proposed Equalities Legislation to outlaw discrimination regarding goods, facilities and services on the grounds of sexual orientation, were withdrawn in July 2005,. Conference also notes that these amendments, though withdrawn, have brought attention to the issue, and we welcome Baroness Scotland’s assurance to the House of Lords that these issues will be addressed.

Conference further notes that once again UNISON has been at the forefront of a campaign to end this discrimination.

Conference instructs the LGBT Committee to:

AWork with the NEC to launch a high profile national campaign for the introduction of anti-discrimination protection in the provision of goods facilities and services on the grounds of sexual orientation;

BLiaise with the GPF and Labour Link to actively campaign around this area in providing full protection for LGBT people in the areas of goods, facilities and services in line with other anti-discrimination legislation.